LIVE: Livingston v Raith Rovers

Livingston play host to Raith Rovers in round three of the Scottish Cup.

Saturday, 3rd April 2021, 2:06 pm

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Livingston 2, Raith Rovers 1 (aet)

Last updated: Saturday, 03 April, 2021, 16:29

We are at The Tony Macaroni Arena for the round three Scottish Cup clash between Livingston and Raith Rovers. The Kirkcaldy side are mounting a series promotion bid from the Scottish Championship and look a strong bet for the play-offs, while Livvy are stil basking in the plaudits garnered by securing a top six finish in the SPL. We’ll aim to bring you all the action as it happens via our live blog.

Raith Rovers are coming off the back of a 5-1 derby thrashing of Dunfermline in midweek and will be hoping to give David Martindale’s Livingston a formidable test..

Referee Bobby Madden gets the action going just shortly after 3pm.

Raith Rovers make a move forward right from the kick-off but the ball goes high over the bar, prompting some colourful debate among both sets of players.

Robust defending was needed by Raith Rovers after five minutes when Nicky Devlin sent a cross in from the right which was cleared only as far as Jason Holt; however, the Livvy man’s effort was blocked. Devlin sent a header towards goal soon afterwards from a corner which was headed off the line by Dylan Tait.

After 13 minutes, Lewis Vaughan worked his free kick magic again for Raith Rovers, with an angled effort from near the edge of the box. No chance for home ‘keeper Robbie McCrorie. The stopper made a very impressive save moments later from an effort by Reghan Tumilty.

Hendry cut in from the right flank after a good run to try another effort on goal, but this one was relatively simple for McCrorie.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas fired a shot into the side netting, with the help of a touch from Jamie MacDonald, as Livingston hunted for the leveller.

Experienced defender Iain Davidson, on from the start as a late replacement for Kieran MacDonald, started a promising- looking move for Raith from his own half but the ball was given away and the veteran rearguard man was back to clear, as Emmanuel Thomas made another attempt on goal for the hosts. The big Livi striker almost headed Craig Sibbald’s corner home soon afterwards but Brad Spence cleared off the line.

Soon after a shot on the break at goal, saved by McCrorie, the injured Jamie Gullan was replaced for Raith by Manny Duku. Referee Madden had earlier flashed a yellow card at one of the Rovers players, possibly Hendry.

45: Half time; Livingston 0, Raith Rovers 0

The first half concludes quite literally with a swerving, hopeful shot from Raith’s Regan Hendry which McCrorie skilfully pushed away to his right. There wasn’t time to take the corner kick.

Livingston did most of the pressing in the first half but find themselves trailing to a side a division below them thanks to one exquisite piece of skill - another of Lewis Vaughan’s specialist free kicks, which seem to fool everyone else in the stadium. Rovers have defended solidly but they know they’ll face a massive challenge from the Premier League side in the second half. One-nil to Rovers at the interval.

Nicky Devlin and Kyle Benedictus were each hurt in a collision as they challenged for the ball but both able to continue. Livi sent on Josh Mullin for Alan Forrest soon afterwards.

70: Goal Livingston!

Livingston had struggled to break down Raith’s dogged resistance but the equaliser arrived in the 70th minute as Jack Fitzwater fired home through a crowded box from a set play.

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